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Liverpool avoided team leaks like England with approach Gareth Southgate could benefit from

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Peter Crouch has offered Gareth Southgate advice on how his former Liverpool manager avoided team leaks for the opposition.

Southgate's frustration was palpable when his plans - including the shift to a three-man defence - went public before England's Euro 2024 quarter-final clash with Switzerland.

However, Crouch offered some insight on how one of his old bosses eliminated the element of risk altogether.

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"Rafa [Benitez] used to do this all the time – we wouldn't have a clue what the team would be sometimes until it was announced on the Saturday," he said on That Peter Crouch Podcast (via The Mirror), when speaking about the prevention of leaks from within the camp.

"You'd play a certain shape (in training), but the personnel you wouldn't know."

The ex-England forward - who netted 22 goals in 42 appearances for his country - suggested the sheer quantity of media members and associated personnel around the squad made it impossible to withhold team selections.

Rafa Benite would withhold team news from players in order to avoid team leaks.

Because they are [gonna tell]."

Crouch even went on to disclose that he had personally leaked information to family in the past, whether he was in the team or not.

Southgate's side managed to progress past Switzerland via penalties despite team leaks, but the Netherlands will be that much more difficult a foe blocking their path to the final.

As for England's lineup in Dortmund, it has been said Marc Guehi is likely to return in central defence after serving his suspension, taking his spot back from Ezri Konsa
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